My name is Cathi Spence. I am a 5th generation Montana native. I enjoy painting, woodworking, sewing, knitting, beading....you get the picture! Some call it "diverse", I call it a short attention span, whatever. My friends and family never quite know what to expect from me. I think that it helps me keep things fresh and exciting. I'm just having fun creating, creating, creating!
The sun is shining!!!! That in itself is reason enough to be uplifted today and to smile all day long. It is family day and while the rest of the family is still tucked in bed, I am awarded a few moments of peace and solitude.
Maybe we will go on a hike today. Or work on the yard. Or play volleyball. Or... The possiblities are great when the sun is shining! Yesterday at the first farmer's market of the year, I picked up a loaf of huckleberry beer bread from the Polebridge Bakery. It is devine. Made even more so by using it to make stuffed french toast. Yummy! Sunday is the only day that we get to do the big breakfast thing. At least until school is out.
Whatever we decide to do today I want to be in the moment. I was reading my friend Melissa's blog the other day about being in the moment and it made me think about how little time I spend there. It seems that I am always doing at least 2 things at once and thinking about something else while I am doing them. So, I am really trying to focus and be present. Life is good and I don't want to just keep going through it, I want to LIVE it!!!
April 16th each year on this day I find myself once again unemployed. It is something that I am so ready for and am anxious about every time. It was a very slow year this year and I only worked about half as much as usual, while financially needing to work twice as much! Funny how that works, but here I am. The no more paycheck thing was really starting to worry me, but Janelle put her spin on it and told me "that's okay, now your money will just come from different sources". Yes, like from selling my artwork, which is what I love doing anyway!
I think that most of us have met someone somewhere and thought, "they have the best job in the world, they get to do what they love AND get paid for it!" While we might not be able to find a career doing what we love that pays all the bills, why not still do what you love? Even if it is only for a couple of hours a week?
I have this sign that I made that hangs above my kitchen sink. Do One Thing Everyday That Makes You Happy. Seriously, how hard is that to do? One thing. Not 10, just one. Try it. It's Fun!!!
I was featured this morning in this treasury titled "Fruit Punch". She used my fruit punch card and a bunch of other fun, bright things. I get so excited when someone puts me in the treasury. I keep wanting to do one myself, but it is really hard to get one listed. I'll keep trying.
I am ready for fruit punch days. After getting snow at the beginning of the week I am relishing the sunshine that is at this very minute streaming through my windows. I can hear the birds chirping outside, they are happy too.
This morning as I drove Kyra to school the sun was shining on the snowcapped mountains and it was beautiful. Majestic. By the time I took Gracie to school an hour later it was not so sunny, but not too bad. Went to Jade's and came out to gloomy clouds and a bit of drizzle. Had lunch and watch hail/snow accompanied by terrible wind. Came home to grab something and was pointing out to Janelle the flowers that were starting to come up. I have some "flags" that originally came from my great, great grandma's garden in South Dakota.
As I sat down to write this outside the window was snow everywhere and now there a big patches of blue sky. Go figure. I love it when people ask me what the weather is like in Montana. It depends on what time you ask the question!
I hope that you all have more balance in your life today than the weather here in Montana.
"The human spirit is the strongest force there is. As long as our spirit remains unbroken, there is no defeat. In life, spiritual defeat always precedes actual defeat. Guard against laziness, cowardice, carelessness, impatience, resignation and despair which corrode the human spirit and sow the seeds of defeat." - Daisaku Ikeda
Have you ever met or even just been in the same room with someone who's spirit, their life force, is so strong it is like another presence? Ida is like this. She is by and far the kindest, most giving person I have ever had the pleasure to call my friend. She is generous beyond belief with her time and friendship and genuine heartfelt caring that just touches you deep down inside. Her spirit is infectuous, there is no escaping her! I thank her everyday for sharing her strength and spirit with me and for making me to want to be a better person. And not even just want it, but know that I deserve it, and that is way cool. Thank you Ida!